Well, my final day in Pittsburgh last month was the day of the Out of Hand show at SCC. I got to have some rest time in the morning after the previous day’s efforts. Friday had been my final day of teaching the high school seniors, and had also included making a presentation to more Uni students, this time to JoAnna Commandaros’s class from the Studio Arts Department at the Pittsburgh University, which took place at SCC so they could see the exhibition works on display.
Jim and Yoko came into town early (they were also invited to Out of Hand that evening) to show me some of the Pittsburgh sights I hadn’t yet made it to, so we headed out to the Carnegie Museums (of art – incorporating architecture and decorative arts! – and natural history) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, the interior of which is a unique pastiche of historical world architecture (much of which was closed, it being a Saturday and all) though we did get up the tower to see the amazing view of Pittsburgh from the top floors. Equally impressive was the steel staircase in the student lounge way up there, which I managed a couple of quick snaps of, once I realised it was not made from timber but actually slowly rusting steel.
And as the sun set on the steel city, I wend back into SCC to finish out the week where I started it, standing amongst my works on the exhibition floor.